"When understood, the Buddha’s universe..is anything but alien and inhibiting. It is a world full of hope, where everything we need to do can be done and everything that matters is within human reach. It is a world where kindness, unselfishness, non-violence, and compassion achieve what self-interest and arrogance cannot. It is a world where any human can be happy in goodness and the fullness of giving." ❦ Eknath Easwara

December 28, 2011

On Bringing Awareness to our Sexuality

"One some level, we as a society regard sexuality as something dark, forbidden.  This shadowy undercurrent of puritanical sentiment still flows deep in our cultural memory.  As a consequence, the desire for sex is rarely simple.

Sometimes is it imbued with the thrill of conquest or the lure for the forbidden.  Often it is driven by the thirsting desire for excitement and romance, to cover over the anxiety of our aloneness.  And almost always, from our very core, there comes some desperate craving for acceptance, for love.

Yet the power of our sexual energy is in itself neither good nor bad. Far more important than the mere denial of fulfillment of desires, the clarity of our awareness determines whether our sexuality is a heaven or a hell."

Ezra Bayda from Saying Yes to Life (Even the Hard Parts)
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2 comments:

  1. Beautifully said, as usual, Steven:)

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    1. Thanks, Adele! Much appreciated -- thanks for your support and for stopping by.

      With warm metta,
      Steve

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